A truly fascinating thing happened this week: an NHL team said something negative about one of their players. It wasn’t just “he missed that play” or “he has to be tougher on the puck” it was really ripping the guy.
The New York Post reported that the New York Rangers described Sean Avery to an arbitrator as “a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team.” The Rangers continued: “Avery is not a mature player. He plays, at times, like an individual rather than a member of a team. This is sometimes referred to as an inability to see the ice, and in Avery’s case this seems to fit with his overall approach to the game.”
That’s incredible. It’s also a bit refreshing, don’t you think? What if, each season, an NHL team brought the brain trust to a bank of microphones and camera’s and just laid waste? What if Kevin Lowe said “well Jean Francois Jacques must be playing well in the AHL, we get these nightly wrapup reports with all the stats and a little bio and the guy is Eddie freaking Shack. However, he’s played below expectations by a little bit.”
And then MacTavish grabs the mic and says “I get a call from Scranton, which is a hole, and all they can do is talk about this guy. I think maybe it’s a bad connection but hell these guys are supposed to know, right? Thank God we never gave them Hemsky. Anyway, after all that good info from Scranton the kid gets here and poops a mukluk. He’s horse bleep. Seriously. I told the trainers to take his sticks away because he doesn’t need them out there. Honestly. I swear to God Almighty if he doesn’t improve I’m going to kick Kevin Prendergast in the ‘gnads.”
I’m just saying, it might be refreshing.